The monitoring and evaluation of LIFE SURE project will mainly be done by the research team from Linnaeus University.
Monitoring is an important part of the project, as the project needs to verify all pre-established hypothesis regarding the environmental friendliness, low-cost and easy to use dredging method. Besides, the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the treatment system will be also closely evaluated.
Monitoring will be done by: physico-chemical analysis, benthic community structure observations, bioaccumulation measurements, sediment bioassays and underwater photographs.
Activities will be focused on monitoring and following-up the treatment system in its different steps from the inlet until the outlet and final products. Quality standards will be established by the environmental authorities (reject water) and also to the final sediment according to the beneficial use and this will be achieved based on a well-functioning treatment process that is only possible through a well-planned monitoring and evaluation process. Mass balances of sediment and water and also energy consumption will be included in this step.
The sediment quality with focus on possibilities of using treated sediments as raw material for different purposes. The dewatered sediments will be used in several pilot project to find and evaluate different beneficial uses for sediments. On the LIFE SURE treatment site, one pilot project for beneficial sediment use is performed by LinnaeusUniversity. Monitoring the sediment quality with focus on possibilities of using treated sediments as raw material for different purposes.
An important part of this action is to monitor the cost-effectiveness of the “low-flow” uptake in comparison to conventional methods. Some input parameters will be consumption of chemicals, energy, operational costs, maintenance and the potential of having beneficial use of the final products. The calculated costs will be compared with similar dredging projects that have been carried out in the past 10 years. The selected projects must have preferably similar conditions as Malmfjärden such as moderate contamination of metals and phosphorus and possibly the beneficial use of the sediments.
During the full scale demonstration, a number of study visits will be done addressed to different stakeholders (NGOs, authorities, municipalities, universities and companies) and persons with no technical skills in dredging will have the opportunity to operate the system and give their feedback and evaluation on the user-friendliness. User-friendliness of transportation and storage will also be evaluated.
Monitoring and evaluation of dissemination, replication and transferability
The dissemination activities will also be monitored during the project using indicators such as: participant lists, study visits, website visitors, newsletter subscribers, articles in printed media and on-line articles.